What Would 0.33 Seconds Mean to You?

Exercise Based on the Standard Round from the 2013 AKC NAC

Exercise Based on the Standard Round from the 2013 AKC NAC

Would 0.33 seconds be the difference between Gold and Bronze? Between a Q and a placement? Between making the finals and being the first dog eliminated? Agility is often decided by the slimmest of margins, one of the reasons that we now use electronic timing. And in a speed sport, 0.33 seconds matters.

Wrap choices on course provide an interesting design element, effectively allowing competitors to run two slightly different courses! The 2013 AKC National Agility Championship standard round opened with a wrap choice. In this video (a part of the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship Prep Course), we analyze the two possible choices. This prep course is now available for free as a PDF EBook.

We encourage you to set up every choice you encounter, execute it both ways, video, compare, and time. Size, speed and drive of the dog will all play a part. Some choices will be obviously faster for virtually all dogs. Some choices will be better one way for all large dogs and another for all small dogs. And some choices may give identical times. Learn what factors make the biggest difference for YOUR dog.